Ernesto M. Soto
February 26, 1932  -  August 29, 2018

Ernesto M. Soto

Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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St. Anthonys Catholic Church
502 S. 9th Street
Artesia, NM  88210
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7:00 p.m.
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anthonys Catholic Church
502 S. 9th Street
Artesia, NM  88210
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church for Ernesto M. Soto of Lake Arthur, N.M.

Mr. Soto, 86, died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at his home.

Fr. Francis Lazer will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Freddie Soto, Jr., Saige Soto, Francisco Grado, Jr., Edward Rubio, Robbie Robinson, and Jimmy Grado. Honorary pallbearers will be Delbert Robinson, C.E. LaRue, and Francisco Grado, Sr.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Tuesday, September 4 beginning at 10:00 a.m. A rosary will be recited at St. Anthony's Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Ernesto was born on February 26, 1932 to Trinidad Soto and Gabriella (Macias) Soto in San Francisco de Arriba, Mexico.

In June of 1958 he was married to Maria Cruz Grado in Carlsbad, N.M. She preceded him in death on September 14, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Michael Soto.

Ernesto was a farm laborer and did several jobs as a mechanic. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Lake Arthur and enjoyed hunting and traveling. Ernesto was a hard worker and was very well liked by his peers. His love was spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons Juan Ernesto Soto of Juarez, Mexico, Francisco Soto, Roberto Soto, and Richard Soto and wife Sonya all of Artesia, N.M., and Federico Soto and wife Joann of Dexter, N.M.; special companion Maria Corral; sisters Emilia Montoya of Brownsville, TX, Josephina Tovar of Mexico, and Juana Soto of Mexico; brother Pedro Soto of Tyler, TX; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.


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  1. Jan Sargent
    Albuquerque, NM

    Ernie and brothers, I was so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Rosie Rader
    Dallas, TX

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Ernesto. It was an honor to have known such a great person and I will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.


  3. Elva Luna Hinojos
    Tucson, AZ

    My thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry I couldn't be there. God bless you all and always be with you.

  4. Pastor Joseph Tillery
    Lockney, TX

    Prayers to Family from, the Tillery family.
    A great man has gone home.
    Trelland & Dorothty loved your family.
    Lots of stories and grand memories.

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